'Paedophile hunters' Protest Nudist Family Days At Waterpark
A paedophile hunter group have protested outside a Stoke-on-Trent attraction to campaign against a nude family swimming session.
About 20 people showed up to Waterworld in the city's Festival Park at around 7pm last night, where nudist organisation British Naturism had organised an event which was open to adults and children of all ages.
Police were there to ensure the protest was kept peaceful.
Two protesters Natasha Whitlock and Susan Quinn, from the Facebook group Paddy's Exposure, were the first to arrive.
Natasha, aged 59, from Telford said: "It's a peaceful protest. We're from the Facebook group Paddy's Exposure which was set up to expose peadophiles.
"There's going to be quite a few people coming and possibly some paedophile hunters. We are just going to stand and protest against it because it's wrong on so many levels.
"I know people who were able to buy tickets online and no background checks were done. Not all peadophiles are convicted.
"If my children were young I'd never take them to a nudist swim, it should be 18 plus because the children can't give consent. They will be scarred for life."
Many members were wearing branded tshirts from Paddy's Exposure, whose Facebook profile description reads: "EXPOSING NASTY BASTARDS AND WE DONT GIVE A FUCK WHO THEY ARE."
John Lawrence had travelled from Oldham to protest against the event.
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The 51-year-old said: "This shouldn't go on. It's children, our children, and we don't want to expose them to this.
"We don't know what background checks are being done to check the sex offenders register, and I don't see how they can check their history.
"I've not been here for long and there's been half a dozen men go in on their own."
Michael Coleman, 50, from Weston Coyney, said: "I don't think it's right for adults to be parading around naked in front of children, it's immoral.
"I'm not suggesting they're wrong doers, but this could lead to the sexualisation of children. If adults are taking their clothes off around children there's a sexual aspect to that."
However, British Naturism said that each member is vetted, and sex offenders are not able to join their group.
Peter Wright, manager of the group's legal department, said: "Each year, we hold six or seven events and each one is a chance for like-minded people to get together and enjoy themselves.
"Naturism is a philosophical belief in a natural, naked lifestyle, a healthy, wholesome lifestyle shared by millions in Britain and in Europe.
"The events we hold are very carefully managed. There is always a safe-guarding officer at the swims and we work very closely with the police.
"We care for our children just as much as any other sector in society and so it is absurd for anyone to suggest that we would allow them to be abused for any reason."
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